Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Brown Bag Lunch Featuring Dick Stahl

The second installment of the 2011 Brown Bag Lunch series will feature Dick Stahl, former and first-ever poet laureate of the Quad Cities, who will be leading a discussion and reading.  The free event will be held on July 7th at the Midwest Writing Center from noon – 1 pm.   Participants must bring their own lunch.
A Davenport native, Stahl is a retired Davenport Central High School English teacher.  Having spent many years in the Quad Cities area, he writes poems which often draw inspiration from the Mississippi River and the rich stories which surround it.  His inspiration manifests itself in poems like “City Excursion.” The poem describes the Mississippi—its “reaching foamy fingers” and “star-studded troughs of sun stipples”—with loving detail.  
Stahl has published multiple poetry collections, including After the Milk Route (1988), Under the Green Tree Hotel (1996), and Mr. Farnam’s Guests (2004).  His poetry has appeared in publications including River Oak Review, English Journal, Farmer’s Market, Voices on the Landscape: Contemporary Iowa Poets, and many others.  Some of his poetry can also be found in online publications such as The Daily Palette.
For more information, visit  To register, email the Midwest Writing Center at or call 563-324-1410.

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